Britain feared that the diversity of nations would weaken their imperialistic power since they had a strong national character. According to Arata, the fear of dissolving into vampires is the fear of ‘dissolving into Roumanians’ (cited in Gelder 12). Stoker’s vampirisation symbolises colonisation, or more likely reverse colonisation: “Stoker tackles the issue of colonization and the metaphoric revolt of the “inferior” East visible through Count Dracula’s desire to become a part of the English society.” (Lukić and Matek 6). Dracula returns colonisation to the main colonisers. Harker discovers Dracula’s enthusiasm about England, apart from significant business interests: “The books were of the most varied kind, history, geography, politics, political economy, botany, geology, law, all relating to England and English life and customs and manners.”(Stoker 22).
Rosemary adds ‘the narrative gestures more specifically toward popular debate about science by arguing that it is their very reliance on scientific rationality that makes the English so vulnerable to Dracula's threat’ (274). Count Dracula, who has powerful hypnotic and telepathic abilities and defies the normal laws of life and death, is proof of occult forces beyond the reach of contemporary science. The Count is able to go unnoticed in Whitby as modern
In Bram Stokers novel “Dracula” there’s a battle between good and evil. The good uses Christian references to ward off evil. This starts a holy war. Stoker’s novel is an obvious ‘good versus evil’ kind of story. We all know that Dracula is going to get defeated, but how?
It seems that through the latter, Stoker may be trying to explore his homoerotic desires. In agreement with this, Roth states that the novel 'manages a fantasy which is congruent with a fundamental fantasy shared by many others. ', showing that Dracula was not just Stoker exploring his own sexual wishes but was also felt by others in society, thus showing that femininity was on the rise. Patmore epitomises the perfect Victorian woman:
Dracula Sucks While the image of vampires has become vastly distorted through the commercialization of the horror genre to a more comical and tacky depiction of a once-feared fictional monster, Stoker’s use of gothic elements in a Victorian environment, the masked theme of xenophobia that is weaved throughout the novel, as well as the combination of multiple different types of terror frightened Victorian readers and, in some parts, frightens us still today. According to Stephen King in Danse Macabre, there are “three types of terror”: the “gross-out”, comprised of gore and and blood; “horror”, or the supernatural fears like the undead and unnaturally large insects; and “terror”, which is the fear of strange happenings that are disturbing or unsettling without a known cause. (cite) Stoker mainly uses horror to incite fear in his readers over the course of Dracula; the novel’s plot is centered around the existence of a vampire disguised as a Transylvanian nobleman. Stoker also utilizes gross-outs often to adhere to the gothic theme of the
In the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker Jonathan Harker goes through a trecurous journey escaping the imprisonment of the demonic vampire Count Dracula. After his departure, Harker reuintes with his fianceé Mina Murray, leaving the Count to victimize more people. After awhile, a group of men affected by the Count's possessing join together to destroy him and suceed. Dracula is a great read due to Stokers use of imagery and symbolism. Imagery is used immensly throughout the novel.
Blood is involved way more in the story of Dracula than people are able to see just by simply reading the story. During the writing of Dracula, victorian England was a society governed by the strict morals of society. Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in order to voice an opinion on politics and the morality of society when it was incredibly looked down upon to do so in public. The book was significant because it was one of the first to indicate sexual topics in a novel without explicitly saying them. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Blood is the driving force that transfers the book from plot point to plot point and is active spiritually and physically.
These reasons explain the film's mythic content. Usually, myths are seen more to be used in scary films. However, it is used in many other genres of film.In Coppola’s film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula the myths are portrayed in many ways. Dracula created myths that are easier to believe because they contain partial truths, although they quickly begin to enable improbabilities and impossibilities. For example, the romance portrayed in the movie has some truths, but it’s artificial.
In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the bloodsucking aspect of vampirism both disgusts and attracts the characters. All instances of bloodsucking are eerily sexy, or have elements of seduction incorporated with feelings of immoral lust and sexual repression. One example of this is from Chapter 3 when Johnathan says “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal.” (3.32) The conventional gender roles are reversed in the quote with the female vampire as the active aggressor and Johnathan as the passive receiver of the kiss. There are even elements of animalism present, which further perpetuates the notion that vampirism is as unnatural as sex is. The
One of the key differences in how these works show the struggle between good and evil is that the main conflict throughout Dracula is a completely different type altogether compared to Jekyll and Hyde. In Dracula, most of the conflict is person-vs-person interaction, while in Jekyll and Hyde, most of the conflict is internal between the personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Near the beginning of Dracula, once Jonathan Harker realizes that Count Dracula is not a normal nobleman, he attempts to convince the Count to allow him to leave earlier than scheduled. The Count appears to comply, leading Jonathan to the door and exercising his ever formal, unnerving diction. This ruse successfully convinces Jonathan and he walks to the door.